End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Yes, I realize that TECHNICALLY summer isn’t over for a few more weeks. But you know what? It’s hot. It’s realllllly hot here in Florida. Low to mid-90s, high humidity, all sunshine, minimal rain. It’s brutal. So to take my mind off the heat, I thought about what I would do to make the most of this weekend, leading me into this week’s party ideas board. I was thinking how great it would be to have a beautiful patio, with nice rich shades of dark purples and plums. This fairytale patio would be the perfect setting for my end of summer, dinner party soiree.  Delicious berries would be the highlight of the menu. From cool drinks to sweet treats, a hint of berry could be found throughout the evening. Simple centerpieces near a vibrant, living wall of succulents with candlelight shimmering from hanging lanterns, would just make for a wonderful evening among friends and family. While I’m waving my magic wand to dream this up, I throw in an extra swish and flick to get a personal chef who would prepare this meal. Oh and a helpful staff that would help tidy up after!
Here’s what I had in mind for this berry hued summer dinner party:

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Be sure to see where I found each of the different elements from this week’s summer dinner soiree:

Berry and Plum Modern Outdoor Living Room Patio – shared by the Seattle Times

Plum and Purple Party Invitation Printable – created and sold by Time4TeaParties on Etsy

Purple, Plum, and Berry Food Display – spotted on Pinterest

Vertical Succulent Wall (to be used as a photo backdrop) – spotted on Tumblr

Red Wine Berry Spritzer – recipe shred by Aggie’s Kitchen

Purple Plum Submerged Wisteria Centerpieces – shared by Desiree Banka on Flickr

Blackberry Ombre Popsicles – recipe shared by Tutti Dolci, All Sweets

Purple Plum Petal Photo Booth Backdrop – shared by blkbridalbliss on Instagram

What is your favorite end of summer tradition?

Golf Partee Party Ideas

Do I have any golfers here? How about anyone who needs a father’s day party idea? You’re going to want to pin this week’s party idea board for future reference!

This week’s party idea board is more of a partee than a party! With father’s day around the corner, it’s time to start planning something special for the special guy in your life. Now you know I love a good themed event, but I’m a sucker for unconventional materials, and you know there’s nothing more un-traditional for event décor then golf balls and AstroTurf.

It’s amazing how these two simple materials with a few tees can be used in escort cards, centerpieces, place settings, and event décor. This week I put together a golf party idea board for you with some of my favorite ideas. Here’s what I had in mind:

Golf Partee Party Ideas

Golf Partee Party Ideas

Be sure to stop by where I found each of the images from this week:

Wooden Golf Ball Door Hanger Welcome Sign – created by MyBelovedReclaimed on Etsy

Golf Ball on Tee Escort Cards in Green Moss – shared by Rachel McCauley

Place Setting with Golf Ball on Tee – shared in this roundup post on One Stop Party Ideas

Golf Party Invitations – created and sold by SDezigns on Etsy

Golf Themed Centerpiece with Grass, Balls, Tees, and Flowers – shared on Pinterest

Wheat Grass and Golf Ball Long Centerpiece – shared on Pinterest

Golf Partee Printable Birthday Party Package – created and sold taniasdesignstudio on Etsy

Need more ideas for your golf party or luncheon? You’ll want to check out my golf themed party idea board on Pinterest for all sorts of things to get your design started. Check out my board here!

Are you a sports fan?

Hobbit Day Woodland Party Ideas

Did you know yesterday was Hobbit Day? Apparently my nerdy-ness level has been down ranked since I just found out about it myself. But you know what? That’s why we have sites like Pinterest, so we can bookmark ideas for future use. With that in mind – I put together this party inspiration board for Hobbit Day 2016 (and beyond!) and all your future Lord of the Rings party needs. Here’s what I had in mind for this outdoor party:

Hobbit Day Woodland Party Ideas

Oh- and if you were looking for something a little more refined, say for a wedding, check out this woodsy inspired wedding idea board I put together a few weeks ago.

Check out where the fantastic creations from this week’s idea board were found:

Forest and Woodsy Party Food Station Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Forest and Woodsy Party Food Station Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Wood Chalk Board – shared in a roundup post on DCWV Diary

Wood Chalk Board – shared in a roundup post on DCWV Diary

Gold Coin Treasure Favor – shared on Mommy’s Little Peanuts

Gold Coin Treasure Favor – shared on Mommy’s Little Peanuts

Enchanted Forest Lounge – shared on The Knot

Enchanted Forest Lounge – shared on The Knot

Speak Friend and Enter Door Décor – shared on India Loves Texas

Speak Friend and Enter Door Décor – shared on India Loves Texas

Hobbit Party Yard Sign Décor – shared on Pinterest

Hobbit Party Yard Sign Décor – shared on Pinterest

Woodsy Table Display – shared on You Paid More Than Me

Woodsy Table Display – shared on You Paid More Than Me

Ferns, Candles and Glass Tablescape – shared on Ruffled Blog

Ferns, Candles and Glass Tablescape – shared on Ruffled Blog

“No Admittance Except On Party Business” Quote – shared on Storyboard Wedding

“No Admittance Except On Party Business” Quote – shared on Storyboard Wedding

Vintage Entertaining Toldeo Cocktail Swords on Cocktails – shared by Ode to Awe

Vintage Entertaining Toldeo Cocktail Swords on Cocktails – shared by Ode to Awe

Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts – recipe shared on When Geeks Wed

Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts – recipe shared on When Geeks Wed

Lord of the Rings Party Menu – shared by Michelle Paige

Lord of the Rings Party Menu – shared by Michelle Paige

Hobbit House Cake – shared on Pinterest

Hobbit House Cake – shared on Pinterest

Mountain Cookies – shared on Sweet & Saucy

Mountain Cookies – shared on Sweet & Saucy

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Second Breakfast Brunch Invitation – created and sold by MirkwoodScribes on Etsy

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Second Breakfast Brunch Invitation – created and sold by MirkwoodScribes on Etsy

 

There are SO many fantastic ideas out there; I wish I could have included them all. Check out my “Nerd It Out” Pinterest board that I pin all of my favorite geek themed party ideas. Fair warning- there is a lot of Marvel, so if you’re a fan, enjoy!

What’s your geeky indulgence?

Fan art? Movie memorabilia?

Outdoor Summer Wedding in Shades of Purple

If I see another “rustic burlap” wedding tutorial I may just give up going on Pinterest.

Hahaha, that’s a lie. I’m addicted to Pinterest. I can never give that up.

But in all seriousness, the “rustic burlap” wedding trend bores me. I don’t respond positively to brown (or tan, if that’s what it is) mesh-y material just to get that country vibe.

When I think country, I think fresh produce, beautiful wild flowers, good food, and comfortable with curtains blowing in the breeze. And I think that country can be done well. Beautifully even. It could look delicate and put together, and not look hodgepodge and craft time gone wrong. That’s the inspiration for this week’s wedding idea board. A simply beautiful country wedding.

Here’s what I had for this breezy outdoor wedding:

Outdoor Summer Wedding in Shades of Purple

Outdoor Summer Wedding in Shades of Purple

Find out where all these beautiful ideas came from:

Plum Lace Parasol – made by ChoCob on Etsy

Plum Lace Parasol – made by ChoCob on Etsy

Plum Lace Parasol – made by ChoCob on Etsy

Pallet Dance Floor – made and shared by Sarah Figg on Pinterest

Pallet Dance Floor – made and shared by Sarah Figg on Pinterest

Pallet Dance Floor – made and shared by Sarah Figg on Pinterest

Rustic Wedding Alter Arch – shared on Brides.com

Rustic Wedding Alter Arch – shared on Brides.com

Rustic Wedding Alter Arch – shared on Brides.com

Outdoor Buffet Stations – shared on Gloriosa Atlanta

Outdoor Buffet Stations – shared on Gloriosa Atlanta

Outdoor Buffet Stations – shared on Gloriosa Atlanta

Purple Wedding Bouquet – shared on Belle Online Magazine

Purple Wedding Bouquet – shared on Belle Online Magazine

Purple Wedding Bouquet – shared on Belle Online Magazine

Outdoor Purple Tablescape – shared on Ruffled

Outdoor Purple Tablescape – shared on Ruffled

Outdoor Purple Tablescape – shared on Ruffled

Dark Purple Vintage Antique Lace Invitations – made by MedleysInvitation on Etsy

Dark Purple Vintage Antique Lace Invitations – made by MedleysInvitation on Etsy

Dark Purple Vintage Antique Lace Invitations – made by MedleysInvitation on Etsy

 

How do you stay cool at a summer wedding?